Originally published on Silver & Black Report on Nov. 3, 2013
A week after Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor rushed into the record books with his electrifying 93-yard touchdown run, history was made once again at O.Co Coliseum, but this time at the expense of the Raiders defense.
The Raiders defense just couldn't find a way to contain quarterback Nick Foles and Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense. Foles threw his way into the history books by tying Peyton Manning's NFL record with seven touchdown passes, doing it the 4:38 mark in the third quarter when he found wide receiver Riley Cooper for a five-yard touchdown.
Oakland's defense had only allowed 330.9 yards per game coming into the contest, but nearly gave up that in the first half alone as the Eagles went into halftime with 328 yards. Foles himself was 15/19 for 260 yards and four touchdowns, good enough for a perfect 158.3 passer rating. All this after the Eagles had not scored an offensive touchdown since week six.
Despite giving up staggering numbers on the defensive side of the ball, rookie linebacker Sio Moore believes the Raiders defense is better than what showed on the field today.
"That game is not who we are. They did a good job of executing and making plays when they needed to make plays and taking advantage of opportunities," Moore said. "We're better than that and we've got to work hard to be better."
Foles finished the game with more touchdowns than incompletions, ending his night in the beginning of the fourth quarter with 406 yards and seven touchdowns on 22/28 throwing while leading the Eagles to the 49-20 rout of the Raiders
"Really, we just got beat today. Really in all phases we weren't able to do the things that we needed to do to have success," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Sunday's game.
It didn't take long for the Eagles to get on the board, using just 3:58 to drive 84 yards in 10 plays, culminating in a two-yard touchdown pass from Foles to his tight end Brent Celek. The 3:58 drive was the longest it would take the Eagles to score on any of their scoring drives, while having three scoring drives that took less than one minute.
Foles continuously chose Raiders rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden as his victim and found success doing so, at one point finding Cooper for touchdowns on two consecutive plays from the line of scrimmage. The first came when Hayden seemingly stopped his coverage and Cooper kept running down field to haul in a 17-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. On the Eagles' next offensive play, Foles found Cooper on a post route for a 63-yard touchdown, with Hayden falling in his coverage and blowing the game wide open to give the Eagles the early 21-3 lead.
Cooper led all Eagles receivers with 139 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
With the Eagles offense running on all cylinders, Terrelle Pryor was unable to get his offense to drive consistently against an Eagles offense that ranked 31st in the league, giving up 401.8 yards a game coming into Sunday.
Pryor looked to be off to another big start as he found Rod Streater on a crossing route allowing the second-year wide receiver to use a solid block by fellow receiver Denarius Moore to scamper 66 yards down to the nine-yard line. Though from there, the offense was forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski. Streater led Raiders receivers with five receptions for 98 yards.
With starting running back Darren McFadden being forced to the bench after aggravating his hamstring injury, the Raiders were able to cut the lead to 21-10 with an eight-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings. Jennings finished the game with 15 rushes for 102 yards, and one touchdown.
The Raiders offense didn't have problems moving the ball, they just struggled to put up points to show for it. In fact, the Raiders out-gained the Eagles 560-542 total yards.
Pryor and the offense's struggles to find the end zone continued into the second half as the young quarterback threw two interceptions as he attempted to get back into the end zone. The Raiders were only able to add three more points with their starting offense, with the other seven coming from Jeremy Stewart and Matt McGloin in garbage time.
From an injury standpoint McFadden left with a hamstring injury, Streater injured his hip and Pryor injured his knee. Allen did not know the severity any of the injuries.
The Raiders head out on the road for the next two weeks, taking on the Giants in New York followed up by the Texans in Houston.
Despite such a lopsided loss, head coach Dennis Allen and his team know they must put the defeat behind them and work to get back in the win column.
"Everyday is a new day so you can't sit back and think about what's happened in the past, you've got to move forward and go to the next one," Allen said. "We had a bad game defensively, we've got to put it behind us, we've got to move on and we've got to learn from it, we've got to be better, and we will."
Moore is following the same strategy and knows that the defense can't focus on past events, but must focus on preparing for the next game.
"Nobody likes to lose, nobody likes to be blown-out," Moore said. "You've got to come back the right way and handle it like a pro, take it to the chin and head back to work tomorrow and swallow the pill. It's a hard pill to swallow but we have to because we've got the New York Giants next week."
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